Friday, September 14, 2012

I've never seen a gray owl.
They are a  very large bird that some call "ghost owl"

There is poem I love about the gray owl.
Poet Ted Kooser likes it too. He says,
"To touch our hearts, a poem needs to rise above mere anecdote
and reach into something beyond, something greater, or, as the Chinese poets said,
'a poem must lift its eyes.'

A Sighting
by Connie Wane

The gray owl had seen us and fled
but not far. We followed noiselessly,
driving him from pine to pine:
I will not let thee go except thou bless me.

He flew as though it gave him no pleasure,
forcing himself from the bough,
falling untill his wings caught him:
they had to stroke hard, like heavy oars.
He must have just eaten
something that had, itself, just eaten.
Finally he crossed the swamp and vanished
as into a new day,hours before us,

and we stood near the chest-high reeds,
our feet sinking, and felt
we'd been dropped suddenly from midair
back into our lives.

Reading this poem I became part of the "we"
part of the experience
I think I will put spotting a gray in flight
on my bucket list.


  1. I didn't know sighting Grey owls meant anything and it's a lovely post with a beautiful poem, Thanks for sharing :)

  2. The experience of seeing them , as seeing anything in nature
    that takes your breath away and leaves you in awe
    Something that takes you away from the present
    a spiritual experience
    How's down under?

  3. Thanks for the beautiful photograph and the poem Suz.

  4. oh magnificent....i would love to see one up close...have seen a few in the trees but from a the poem as well suz...hope you have a wonderful weekend

  5. Beautiful! A lovely poem to go with a lovely photo. Owls are so intriguing! I have seen one or two, but never close enough to see it well. I live in a heavily wooded area, but surprisingly haven't seen them. I know they are there, though, remaining a mystery!

  6. this is beautiful as usual... thanks for sharing...


    btw, been busy for awhile... docs are almost finished. and ready for submission for my application for permanent residency... this is it!... :-)

    1. oh Jj that is wonderful...let's celebrate when it happens!

  7. I have never seen many owls, but I would like to.

  8. this gripped my heart shivery
    and my bucket list stretched too:)

  9. So other-worldy, is it because of their size and wide eyes? Thank you for the post, also loved your cemetery visit photos. What a beautiful place, it's on my list to visit!


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